Kane Williamson will not participate in the third and final T20I against India on Tuesday, November 22. Due to a prearranged medical appointment, the ace batter was ruled out of the contest beforehand.
After their heavy defeat in the second T20I at Mount Maunganui, the Blackcaps trail India 1-0 in the three-match series.
In the contest, Williamson led the team with 61 runs off 52 deliveries, but it wasn’t enough to win.
Tauranga-born player has been struggling with his elbow for quite some time, affecting his form as well. Head coach Gary Stead assured that the medical appointment had nothing to do with his elbow.
New Zealand reached the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022 under Williamson’s leadership. At the end of the event, he was among the runs, but his poor strike rate remains a concern.
Who is leading New Zealand in Kane Williamson’s absence?
Mark Chapman is the replacement player for New Zealand’s skipper. Tim Southee will assume captaincy duties for the team.
During the 2021 tour of India, the right-arm pacer led the Kiwis in the three-match T20I series without the ace batter. In the upcoming three-match ODI series against the Men in Blue, Williamson is expected to return to the team soon.
Even though rain delayed the proceedings a bit, the toss was only delayed by 30 minutes. The toss has been won by New Zealand, and they have elected to bat first. Williamson has been replaced in the playing XI by Mark Chapman.
A solitary change has been made to Team India’s lineup for the contest. In the second T20I, Harshal Patel replaces Washington Sundar.
At McLean Park in Napier, India and New Zealand will play their third T20I.
The downpour only delayed the toss by 30 minutes, however. The toss has been won by New Zealand, and they have chosen to bat first. Williamson has been replaced in the playing XI by Mark Chapman.
There is only one change on Team India’s roster for the match. In the second T20I, Harshal Patel replaces Washington Sundar.
McLean Park in Napier will host the third T20I between India and New Zealand.